Bertha, Me & My Uncle, Deal, Jack Straw, Scarlet Begonias, Promised Land, Loser, El Paso, Row Jimmy, Weather Report Suite Prelude-> Weather Report Suite Part 1-> Let It Grow, Tennessee Jed, Around & Around Phil & Ned*, Big River, Sugaree, Mexicali Blues, Mississippi Half Step-> It Must Have Been The Roses, Truckin'-> Wharf Rat-> Sugar Magnolia, Eyes Of The World-> One More Saturday Night, E: U.S. Blues
Reviewer:Chris U. -
July 7, 2014 Subject:
Yes, I do like this one
The key to finding something dubious about a 1974 soundboard recording is to first take the brown acid.
My friends, I can't champion every minute of every 1974 board recording but I can champion 99% of them. And eventually I will. ;)
This is a great show with lots of nice friendly vibes and, other than Phil and Ned, maybe, nary a whiff of The Void. You get a decent sense of the ambience of the hall from the audience recording and then, midway through Scarlet, the board kicks in. The biggest change from the audience is that it's much easier to hear the notes Phil is playing and, for my tastes, Phil was never better recorded than he was in 1973-74. The louder you play this stuff, the more you get out of it (definitely true of a groovy dance tune like Scarlet Begonias!). There's no question that the Dead could play softly when they wanted to ("it's all about the dynamics", my friend reminded me the other day) but when they jammed it was always sufficiently loud that Phil's bass would turn your spine into jelly. So turn it up! Nobody except the band needs to worry about whether the ending is perfect.
As is the case with nearly all of the best boards from this era, everybody is mixed pretty evenly and, where the songs call for it (e.g., Row Jimmy) you can hear each note they're playing, as well as the spaces between the notes. Listen to Keith and Bobby's beautiful playing during the guitar solos in the aforementioned RJ! A great version.
There is a cut between the first two verses of WRS. This is a relatively laid back version (Bobby's throat was a little tired this night, I think) but the Let it Grow jam after the "rise and fall" verse is beautiful. This isn't one of those versions that evokes the ghost of Pigpen with a shredding Caution jam but something more understated, introspective and melodic. Listen to the ice petal flowers dissolving. That's what the Wall of Sound was all about.
I must say I do like Around and Around as a first set closer. This version has great energy without the unnecessary bombast that can weigh it down when it shows up towards the end of the show or as an encore.
The Truckin' is played and sung with verve (maybe too much verve, hehehe...) with a great long jam and outro ... around 13:00 Phil and Billy lock into this upstep country thing that they flirt with a couple times before ultimately floating into Wharf Rat on the back of a Phil-shaped beam of golden feedback. 1974 has a surplus of especially fine Wharf Rats and this is another one which includes at least one face-stealing vocal improvisation by Jerry and a sweet mother of a jam after the last verse.
Some reviewers have suggested the band pulled out the Eyes->OMSN,US Blues triple encore as some sort of apology for a show poorly performed...? Anything's possible, I suppose. Seems to me they just really enjoyed playing that last set and they wanted to keep going. I'm glad they did.
April 19, 2013 Subject:
Standard Issue of Awesomeness
Another great one from our boys... a little trouble in Truckin' but mainly smooth & rockin.
i very much enjoyed this Eyes you recommended CH, and i don't think the Truckin'>MLB, though definitely a bit half-hearted, is all that bad(starts off pretty shaky, ends pretty good), but there is little else to say about this one; it's Euro '74 after all...
Reviewer:Cliff Hucker -
February 15, 2011 Subject:
Difficult listening to this...
Signs that all is not well in Denmark, or in this case Munich appear. Historically the band has played tight, focused shows of high intensity in Germany. Not this one! The quality of this performance is clearly well below the previous two shows in London, both in intensity and particularly in execution. Keiths keyboard play is noticably off, and during the first set the band appears to be just going through the motions. I find this music rather difficult to listen to. Both Scarlet Begonias and the WRS are poorly played. The second set is no better. Truckin' sounds just aweful, even the outro jam is disapointing. And while the band tries to pull things together for a Mind Left Body Jam, it's a half-hearted attempt that never really gets off the ground. The band must have been cognicent of how poorly they were playing. Valiantly they regroup for a triple encore; the 14 minute high-energy performance of Eyes of the World is an improvement, as is a very good U.S. Blues, but it's not enough to save this stinker! (87 pts)
September 14, 2008 Subject:
The Dead in Germany
This is a good show. I love that the show is AUD > SBD-- right at the peak of Scarlet that board comes in and takes you away.
That said, BIG RIVER!!! Worth the listen all alone, but that'll persuade you to hear the rest of the show ;)
June 6, 2008 Subject:
Don't miss out on this- I am flabbergasted that with all the 74 heads this is not reviewed copiously or well
Once you get half way through what is a blistering scarlet, the sound is quite good. The Truckin>jam is not the best of the year, but is really very very good- as is the wrs>lig. If this show were performed in any other year it would have more acclaim. This is a good listen in reading the source- some reviewer said it is not a SB- well it does say aud patch through half way in Scarlet- If you have not listened to the SB portion of this, do so today.
July 12, 2006 Subject:
another great show
I sometimes use the number of times a show has been downloaded to determine it's "greatness" or whether or not it's a SOUNDBOARD, but learned from this one not to pay too much attention to that number. Yes, it's disappointing that the whole show isn't a soundboard recording, but that doesn't detract from the performance AT ALL. I would like to be able to hear DEAL & Jack Straw more clearly though---both were played very well indeed.
After listening to DP's from the Alexandra Palace---which has my favorite WRS---and a few of the other shows from this tour, they ALL SMOKED!! The jam after Truckin' seems particularly hot--IMO. It's a shame there weren't more shows played in '74...
Overall sound quality comes in at 4.5 stars---the performance is 5 stars. But remember that we ALL "hear" things differently, so don't take my word as anything but a recommendation.